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Tips for appearing in family court

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2018 | Family Law

When you have to go to family court, you might have a lot on your mind. What you should wear might not be on the top of the list, but you should know that this is actually an important consideration.

Here are several tips that might help you to ensure that what you are wearing is appropriate:

  • Wear business casual clothes. Blue jeans, shorts, sleeveless tops and similar clothing don’t really have a place in the courtroom. You don’t have to choose dressy clothes, but you should have a nice appearance.
  • Remember to be modest. You don’t want to wear microskirts or have clothing with low necklines. Men shouldn’t have unbuttoned shirts that show off their chest. You want to appear to have good decorum in the courtroom. Self-respect can go a long way.
  • Ensure your clothing fits well. Your outfit should make you look like you are confident. It needs to be comfortable because these matters might take a while.
  • Check your outfit before you walk in. making sure that you don’t have toilet paper stuck to your shoe and that your clothing looks proper. This can give you another confidence boost as you walk into your hearing.

Your clothing is one of the first things that people will see when you enter the courtroom. Having an appropriate outfit can give others a favorable first impression of you. While this might not significantly impact the outcome of the divorce or family matter case, you don’t want to leave any room for your choice of attire to leave an unpleasant opinion of you with anyone who might make decisions about your case.